6.6
286 votes
Step by Step

Step by Step

ABC 1991

Step by Step is an American television sitcom with two single parents, who spontaneously get married after meeting one another during a vacation, resulting in them becoming the heads of a large blended family

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The 10 Best Episodes of Step by Step

Step by Step - S7E6

#1 - Can't Buy Me Love

8.22

Season 7 - Episode 6

Karen and Dana are given invitations to pledge to a sorority, DTZ, known for their vanity and airheadedness. This seems to be a natural fit for Karen and seems to have no stipulations. Dana finds out, however, that they really want her (and her GPA) to join and will only let Karen join if she agrees. Frank does not have a job or any prospects of jobs. An acquaintance of Carol's from high school is building a new complex and Carol invites him over to try to convince him to allow Frank to work on it. He gives Frank a job but tries to pursue Carol. When he crosses the line, Frank quits, kicks him out of the house, and informs him what he can do with the gift.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Step by Step from 9 votes.

Step by Step - S4E7

#2 - Growing up is Hard to Do

8.05

Season 4 - Episode 7

Al has a date with Kevin Philips,so she seeks advice from her step-sisters.Dana tells her she needs to stand up to him and make sure he doesn't push her around.While Karen's advice is completely opposite,saying that the only way Kevin will like her is if she agrees with everything he says.Al decides unwisely to take Karen's advice.The date doesn't go fairly well,but Kevin says he doesn't want to see Al again,as he thought she was more of an independent thinker. Meanwhile, Dana and Cody try to out compete each other in college

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Step by Step from 20 votes.

Step by Step - S6E23

#3 - Walk Like a Man

8.00

Season 6 - Episode 23

Mark's basketball team has made it to the championship. Frank, who is the coach, and Mark ban Carol from coming to the game. Carol takes it personally and with the help of Jean-Luc duisguises herself so she can go. She gives herself away, though, when she starts a fight with a fan who insults Mark. JT tells Rich that he lets Dana control the relationship, so Rich and JT go to a weekend party. Karen and Al coincidentally drag Dana to the same party. Rich pays a girl to dance with him (remember Barbie) so he won't look like a loser. Dana then dances with someone to make Rich jealous. They then get in a food fight, but realize it is JT's fault so the both throw food on him.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Step by Step from 10 votes.

Step by Step - S2E10

#4 - Virgin Territory

7.91

Season 2 - Episode 10

J.T and Cody score dates with two pretty sisters. After the date the sisters really want the boys to come home with them. Cody wanted to save his virginity till he found the "" Dudette of his dreams"". So J.T gets mad at him because Cody blew off his date making J.T's date mad too.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Step by Step from 35 votes.

Step by Step - S7E9

#5 - Goodbye, Mr. Chip

7.89

Season 7 - Episode 9

Karen's boyfriend Chip takes Carol's advice to get some backbone and stand up to Karen, but he surprises everyone when breaks up with her. Karen is furious with her mother for interfering. In the meantime, Dana has better luck helping JT and Rich with a relationship problem of their own, with the use of her straight A in psychology - and sock puppets.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Step by Step from 9 votes.

Step by Step - S2E8

#6 - Someone to Watch Over Me

7.85

Season 2 - Episode 8

Carol is going out of town, leaving Frank in charge. Dana is upset about that, but manages to convince Frank to let her go on a date with ""Mike the Mover"" who Frank knows happens to have a bad reputation. After finally letting them,he gets scared and decides to follow,with Cody in tow.He climbs a tree above Mike's car in and attempt to hear what they are saying.But the limb breaks and he literally drops in on them. Later, however, Mike proves to be what Frank thought as he puts the moves on Dana in the living room,and while Dana proves to be trustworthy. JT borrows Frank's truck to go to the mall, by agreeing to wash and wax it. Frank gives J.T. 15 bucks to buy some expensive wax. But JT buys some that costs a dollar and pays Brendan to do it, but the wax strips the paint. Just as Frank is restoring his car, JT brakes the window with a baseball.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Step by Step from 33 votes.

Step by Step - S6E16

#7 - Future Shock

7.83

Season 6 - Episode 16

Rich and Dana go to a wedding with JT and Sam. They are teased and told that someday soon, they will be married. Dana, furthermore, does not even go up to try to catch the bouquet, but it lands on her lap anyway. They each have terrible visions about what that might entail and become very scared. They agree not more weddings for a while.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Step by Step from 12 votes.

Step by Step - S2E18

#8 - Aloha (1)

7.81

Season 2 - Episode 18

The whole family wins a trip to Hawaii and Cody decides to buy a ticket to go with them. Carol irritates everyone by trying to tour EVERYTHING. When they convince Carol to loosen the reigns, Dana meets the man of her dreams, JT finds the girl of his dreams but can't seem to meet her, Cody finds a bottle with a message and goes in search of a lost treasure, and Al, Brendan, and Mark enter a sand castle building contest. Dana's rich dream man soon proposes to her with a six carat solataire in a Tiffany setting.While Carol flips out and demands Dana say no,she considers her option.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Step by Step from 31 votes.

Step by Step - S7E18

#9 - We're in the Money

7.80

Season 7 - Episode 18

After traveling around the world for a year, Cody returns. He bought gifts for the family, including some magic necklace for J.T., that makes him attractive to woman. Unfortunately, J.T. can't accept the gift since he is dating Sam. He also gives Frank and Carol a huge check and they have a dispute on how to spend the money. Frank decides to buy himself a leather chair and Carol gets furious and they get into a big arguement.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Step by Step from 15 votes.

Step by Step - S3E13

#10 - Bad Girls

7.79

Season 3 - Episode 13

The boys at school tell Al they do not want to play with a girl; Frank tells Al to try to get more friends that are girls. Al begins to hang around with the only girls who she feels will be her friends. Al starts to wear combat uniforms, skip class, and stay out past curfew. Frank overreacts and the two get into a big argument. When Al's friends get her to steal Cody's guitar, Cody hears them and lets her take it. Cody points out to both Frank and Al that their relationship is vital. Carol sees the TV set being temporarily out of order, as a great time to start a desperate attempt at ""Family Fun Time."" The only thing Carol is able to get them to enjoy doing together is leaving. In the end, the TV is fixed and the Lambert boys are watching Baywatch again.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Step by Step from 24 votes.

#11 - Goin' to the Chapel
7.78
Season 7 - Episode 12

When Carol forbids Dana from having sex before marriage, Dana decides to elope with Rich. Meanwhile, J.T. pretends to be a fitness fanatic to impress a sexy aerobics instructor.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Step by Step from 9 votes.

#12 - S.A.T. Blues
7.78
Season 2 - Episode 1

Dana goes to take her SATs,and guess who shows up out of now where,Cody. He explains that every week he does something new (one week he ate nothing but peaches). Dana does good (92nd percentile), but Cody does better. Dana insists that they both take it again. This time Dana does even better than Cody did the 1st time, yet Cody beat her again. Cody is afraid, ""they"" will make him be a brain surgeon, although at the end he decides to give college a try, and Dana decides she doesn't always have to be perfect.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Step by Step from 40 votes.

#13 - One Truck, Al Dente
7.77
Season 4 - Episode 16

Al is learning to drive, but she gets into a predicament when JT lets her drive while Frank and Carol are away at the doctors. Meanwhile, Dana has her wisdom teeth removed, but the drugs get to her head.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Step by Step from 22 votes.

#14 - Loose Lips
7.73
Season 6 - Episode 14

When Mark's date overhears him bragging to his friends about the so-called special moment they shared, she calls his bluff in front of his schoolmates -- branding him a wimp. Meanwhile, after being dumped by her date, Karen feels that her ""imperfect"" body is the culprit and takes drastic measures to improve it.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Step by Step from 11 votes.

#15 - Forever Young
7.72
Season 5 - Episode 17

Frank and Carol go to a class with Lilly for parents of young kids. In this class they begin to feel they are too old for Lilly. They try to be ""young"" like some of the other parents. They go to a grunge club with the parents of another kid and they realize that they don't need to change their entire lifestyle for Lilly's sake. Rich and JT tell Dana that ""buds are thicker than babes."" Dana disagrees and challenges them, then she tries to get a friend, Brandy Hartman, to come between them. JT and Rich figure this out and end up trapping Dana into an embarrassing situation. Cody tries to make many strange greeting cards, including one that explodes for National Demolition Worker's Day.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Step by Step from 18 votes.

#16 - The Paper Chase
7.71
Season 3 - Episode 4

JT and his friend Doug find out that they have a book report due on Monday. Mark tells them that he has read and written reports on at least 10 of the books on their list. JT and Doug get into Mark's computer, get the reports, and decide to sell the extra reports to the football team. Dana finds out and convinces Mark to change the reports into bogus reports. Consequently, Dana has to help JT write his real report. Slasher and his wife, Debbie, go on a trip and leave their baby son Harley with ""Uncle"" Cody. Carol ends up wanting to have another baby and seeing that Cody is a natural father.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Step by Step from 28 votes.

#17 - Pretty Woman
7.71
Season 3 - Episode 17

Karen is having an interview at the mall for a jeans ad. The photographer is looking for a girl to promote the jeans ""with an attitude."" Al actually gets the job, which drives Karen crazy. Karen gets mad at Carol because she is not showing favoritism to her daughter (over her step-daughter). Carol is hurt and says that the whole Lambert/Foster family should be thought of as one family. Karen gets the point and is able to calm down Al with a ""family"" pep talk. Cody thinks he is the victim of some mysterious curse that makes him lucky at whatever he does, thus taking all the fun and excitement out of life. When Frank makes him play poker, the curse is re-activated. Cody wins $1,000 and a trip to the Bahamas, but breaks the curse by having an industrial accident in his van.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Step by Step from 21 votes.

#18 - Karate Kid
7.70
Season 4 - Episode 1

Mark feels his friends don't respect him, and his mother babies him. In order to earn respect he joins a Karate class. His teacher kicks him out for being too wimpy. Cody agrees to help Mark prepare for the big karate tournament (Cody is a black belt) in a month and Mark becomes a totally new man. He faces the best person in the first match and falls behind quickly. Cody, however, notices his weakness and Mark uses it to catch up and force the guy to the final point. Mark loses the match, but wins respect from everybody except the coach of the other guy who mocks him and Cody and then challenges Cody to a karate match. Cody beats him badly. Frank is tired of all the yelling in the house so he installs an intercom that has a radio in it, but he is forced to destroy it when it wakes everyone up in the middle of the night.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Step by Step from 27 votes.

#19 - The Kissing Game
7.70
Season 6 - Episode 24

JT, Al, and Dana are having problems finding some privacy, when JT comes up with the idea to use Carol's new salon as a place for privacy. He, also, sells the key to some friends for the same purpose. They all want the salon at once though, so they end up just having a party. Carol tries to set up Jean-Luc with Julie. Jean-Luc messes up the barbeque and their clothes. He even sets his pants on fire. When he changes into Frank's clothes, He and Frank have a talk and Jean-Luc realizes if he wants to find the perfect one (like Carol is for Frank), he has to try. Frank and Carol go to get some take out while Jean-Luc and Julie stay and get to know each other. The restaurant Frank and Carol go to, happens to be right next to the salon, where they find a big party.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Step by Step from 10 votes.

#20 - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
7.70
Season 7 - Episode 8

When Rich's former friend Cassie moves back to town, they enjoy playing billiards and video games together, so Dana asks J.T. to teach her how she can she can have fun like that with Rich. Meanwhile, Frank's con-man cousin Bert shows up.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Step by Step from 10 votes.

Last updated: apr 16, 2021

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